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The Wildfire BC map shows a new wildfire start near Enderby (in brown) Friday morning, Sept. 2, as well as three in the Seymour Arm region and one near Kamloops. One fire near Malakwa (green) and another off Shuswap Lake between Canoe Point and Paradise Point are now considered under control. (Wildfire BC image)

Lightning sparks five wildfires in Shuswap while Lumby fire person-caused

BC Wildfire map shows all new fires in the North Okanagan-Shuswap ‘spot-sized’

The Wildfire BC map shows a new wildfire start near Enderby (in brown) Friday morning, Sept. 2, as well as three in the Seymour Arm region and one near Kamloops. One fire near Malakwa (green) and another off Shuswap Lake between Canoe Point and Paradise Point are now considered under control. (Wildfire BC image)
Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Okanagan libraries help new residents settle in

Champion Program gives immigrants access to resources

Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)

Murder of Penticton man remains unsolved 1 year later

Taig Savage, 22, was killed on Sept. 5, 2021 and found at Penticton Secondary track

Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)
Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan Library CEO starts new chapter: retirement

Long-time library advocate Don Nettleton headed the ORL since 2018

Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)

Time to wave a final goodbye to the Convair air tankers in the Okanagan

Tanker 44, 49, and 55 will be retired on Sept. 6 but not before a proper send-off

Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)
A ‘spot-sized’ wildfire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake was added to the BC Wildfire map on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2022. (BC Wildfire image)

New small wildfire discovered north of Salmon Arm

Wildfire BC announced a ‘spot-sized’ fire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake

A ‘spot-sized’ wildfire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake was added to the BC Wildfire map on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2022. (BC Wildfire image)
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon makes northern B.C. pitch during Terrace visit

Falcon said northern communities are being “totally left out” by an “urban” NDP government

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)

Campfire ban lifted in some areas of Kamloops Fire Centre

Kamloops Fire Centre seeing shorter days, increased overnight recoveries and relative humidities

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Dairy cattle graze on pasture. (File photo)

Dairy families in North Okanagan-Shuswap suffering after tragic collision

4H members in the region lose their animals in fatal crash on Trans-Canada Highway

Dairy cattle graze on pasture. (File photo)
A boat theft early this morning at Topley Landing has resulted in one injury after a police service pistol was discharged. (File photo)

Boat theft leads to officer-involved shooting in northwestern B.C.

Incident now in hands of independent investigation office

A boat theft early this morning at Topley Landing has resulted in one injury after a police service pistol was discharged. (File photo)
Electronics specialist Jordan Adair finishes up fixing a lamp for Cathy MacArthur at the Repair Cafe held at the Mall at Piccadilly in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Adair said he was surprised by how busy it was. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Over the moon’: Repairing not discarding delights Salmon Arm residents

First of six Repair Cafes met with enthusiasm, next one Sept. 24 at Makerspace

Electronics specialist Jordan Adair finishes up fixing a lamp for Cathy MacArthur at the Repair Cafe held at the Mall at Piccadilly in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Adair said he was surprised by how busy it was. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
A number of cattle will be missing from the IPE this year following a tragic crash on Highway 1, where drivers of two semi trucks died, along with all but one of the heifers being hauled on one of the trucks. (Morning Star file photo)

UPDATE: North Okanagan 4H members lose cattle in fatal crash

Only 1 bovine survives, others were planned to be on display at Armstrong and Salmon Arm fairs

A number of cattle will be missing from the IPE this year following a tragic crash on Highway 1, where drivers of two semi trucks died, along with all but one of the heifers being hauled on one of the trucks. (Morning Star file photo)
Salmon Arm’s Spectrum Signworks installed a new metal awning at Shuswap Park Mall on Lakeshore Drive in July, a portion of which was designed to look like a piano keyboard. (Spectrum Signworks photo)

Column: Lessons from the North relevant to Salmon Arm

Council Report by Mayor Alan Harrison

  • Aug 29, 2022
Salmon Arm’s Spectrum Signworks installed a new metal awning at Shuswap Park Mall on Lakeshore Drive in July, a portion of which was designed to look like a piano keyboard. (Spectrum Signworks photo)
Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)

Hometown hero Jeff Symonds one to watch at Ironman Penticton

Massive crowds for the return of Ironman and the 226.3 km swim, bike and run

Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
Evacuation Alert Issued for Morice River Wildfire. (Submitted photo)

BREAKING: Evacuation Alert issued for Bulkley-Nechako region in northwest B.C in due to wildfire

The Morice River wildfire is located approximately 45kms southwest of the District of Houston

Evacuation Alert Issued for Morice River Wildfire. (Submitted photo)
Keremeos man Cameron Urquhart has been found not criminally responsible for his actions when he attacked staff at the Keremeos village offices on Jan. 24. (Facebook)

Man who attacked Keremeos village staff found not criminally responsible

Cameron Urquhart has been in a psychiatric facility since his arrest

Keremeos man Cameron Urquhart has been found not criminally responsible for his actions when he attacked staff at the Keremeos village offices on Jan. 24. (Facebook)
Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend. (Image: Pixabay)

Heat warning, air quality statement ends as thunderstorms loom for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada calling for potential thunderstorms across the Interior this weekend

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend. (Image: Pixabay)
More than half of Western Grebes hatched in British Columbia begin their lives in Salmon Arm Bay according to the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society. (File photo)

Sick and dead birds found in Salmon Arm Bay spur testing for avian flu

Province has received several reports of sick or dead Canada geese and grebes since June 8

More than half of Western Grebes hatched in British Columbia begin their lives in Salmon Arm Bay according to the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society. (File photo)
Nearing the end of a second term on Sicamous council, Colleen Anderson will be campaigning for mayor in the local government election on Oct. 15, 2022. (Contributed)

Election 2022: Sicamous councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Colleen Anderson says housing will be a priority as mayor

Nearing the end of a second term on Sicamous council, Colleen Anderson will be campaigning for mayor in the local government election on Oct. 15, 2022. (Contributed)
BC Timber Sales is proceeding with salvage logging operations in the Wiseman Creek and Sicamous Creek watershed despite concerns raised by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (CSRD photo)
BC Timber Sales is proceeding with salvage logging operations in the Wiseman Creek and Sicamous Creek watershed despite concerns raised by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (CSRD photo)